Do you have an oral sensory seeker that chews on everything? Try these awesome sensory tools!
Three of my four children have a habit of chewing on things. As infants, one of them would never be without a pacifier, the other began to suck on her fingers at just 8 weeks old.
Now, I am constantly saying “stop chewing on that!” They are well known for nail biting and pencil chewing and straws don’t stand a chance!
When wearing long sleeves they chew on those! I have found my daughter chewing on her hair on many occasions, and they’ve chewed up more water bottle spouts than I can count.
It’s pretty safe to say they chew on everything.
Your Child’s Sensory Needs
Sound like your child? I can’t fault them, it’s just the way they are. Everyone has sensory preferences and some children have very specific sensory needs.
In fact, I was the same way. I chewed my nails, my pencils and erasers, and broke a pen in my mouth several times in school.
When I was a child, chewing on everything, there wasn’t much to be done but for teachers and caregivers to tell me to stop.
Now, with so much information out there about Sensory Processing, we are aware that some children just seek out certain sensory behaviors more than others.
In this case; Oral Sensory seeking. With all of the research now available, many companies are also coming up with some awesome sensory tools to help the child that chews on everything.
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5 AWESOME Sensor Tools for the Child that Chews on Everything
These water bottles are not only save for chewing on (unlike their plastic topped counter parts) but the silicone spout on these water bottles actually PROMOTES chewing, as you have to bite on it in order to drink from it. My kids like to take them to school with them to use during class.
Probably the most obvious of the tools, chewing gum is great for oral sensory seekers that are old enough to chew gum. My children love this during test taking, especially!
These are so fantastic for the classroom and the kids that tend to chew on their pens, pencils and erasers. They simple slide onto the top of a pencil and are safe for chewing.
Small Necklaces that can be word around the neck and are safe for chewing on. They come so many different varieties of shapes and colors.
Another piece of chewable jewelery, these are a bit more discreet than the necklaces. Easy to wear and a good tool for those kids that chew on their shirt sleeves since the bracelet wold be there instead.
I hope our list of Sensory Tools for the child that chews on everything helps!
If you have a fidgety kid, you might also want to check out our 9 Awesome Sensory Tools to Help the Fidgety Kid in the Classroom.
And if your child has other sensory needs, take a look at Project Sensory to find full sensory kits as well and mini sensory fix’s